Fairbairn wins in Hardenburgh
By Brian Sweeney
Former Hardenburgh Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn won his job back on the strength of a big push from absentee voters whose ballots were counted on Tuesday.
Mr. Fairbairn trailed 49-31 following the Election Day tally, but rebounded to win the supervisor’s post when he received 37 absentee ballots in his favor. The final vote count was 68-61.
Paul Ohsberg has served the past two years as supervisor after Mr. Fairbairn chose not to seek re-election in 2011.
Mr. Fairbairn, who previously spent 14 years as Hardenburgh’s supervisor, was running on the independent Taxpayers’ Party line.
“I’m elated. The win is attributed to very hard work and awareness by the community of the current administration’s failures,” Mr. Fairbairn told the News.
This week’s absentee ballot tabulation by the Ulster County Board of Elections also vaulted a pair of challengers — William Schluter and John Sackel — into the winning column in the race for two town board seats. Both candidates were running on the Democratic and Taxpayer Party lines. Mr. Schluter finished with 76 when the absentees were totaled and Mr. Sackel was next with 65 votes.
Republican incumbents Sherry Bellows had 48 votes on Election Night and Douglas O’Dell was next with 43 votes. When the absentees were counted, they wound up with 64 and 54 votes, respectively.
The absentee ballots did not have an effect on the outcome of the race for superintendent of highways. Incumbent Superintendent of Highways Charles Storms, running on the Democratic and Taxpayer Party lines, won re-election by a 79-49 tally over Republican challenger Carliton Finch.